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Apple starts countdown to 50 billion app downloads

One lucky winner set for monster $10,000 iTunes gift card

Apple has started another countdown, this time as the total number of apps downloaded approaches 50 billion. The person who downloads the 50 billionth app will win a $10,000 iTunes gift card, as has been the case for the last few countdowns. However, the next 50 people to download apps after that person will also win a $500 gift card.

Apple has also released the top 25 lists for paid and free apps on iPhone and iPad. The lists reveal some interesting trends for app downloads, with Pages topping the paid chart and Skype heading up the free chart on iPad. 46 of the top 100 apps on both devices are games, and both Google Maps and YouTube make it into the top 25 list for iPhone, despite having been released only a few months ago.

You can keep track of the countdown here (although we’re not sure how accurate it is) and see the top 25 lists on iTunes.